Ellen Mueller

Social Practice in Foundations – FATE conference

by Ellen Mueller on March 27, 2017, no comments

"Vanilla Utopia" Performance, Nov 19, 2015

Beyond the Core, FATE’s 16th Biennial Conference takes place in Kansas City. I’ll be chairing a panel on Friday, Apr 7, 2017 at 9am entitled, “Social Practice in Foundations.” Here’s the abstract:

“Social practice focuses on social engagement and collaboration with individuals, communities, and institutions as a form of participatory art. With the constant evolution of art and design foundations, where and how does this contemporary art form fit in? This panel seeks submissions that address strategies for introducing social practice as part of foundations programs. Topics of investigation could include, but are not limited to, project/assignment outlines and analysis, critique strategies, art historical analysis of pedagogical approaches, case studies examining existing curricular structures and how social practice fits into these, etc.”

Panelists include:

Sunny Spillane https://vpa.uncg.edu/bios/sunny-spillane

Karen Gergely http://cargocollective.com/KarenGergely

Nada Shalaby http://www.nadashalaby.com/

Hugh Merrill http://www.hughmerrill.com/

 

“The End” at Small Craft Advisory Press

by Ellen Mueller on March 14, 2017, no comments

It was my pleasure to visit Small Craft Advisory Press on March 9-10, 2017 to collaborate with Denise Bookwalter, AB Gorham, and Kevin Curry on a new performance entitled, The End. We spent two days gathering individual views on the end of the world, both on a global and a personal scale. You can also participate online – please spread the word!

This information will be compiled into a pocket guide, available as a limited edition artist’s book produced by Small Craft Advisory Press. Visit SCAP on Facebook or at their website.

Logo for The End

“Subject, Form, Content, Context” at CAA

by Ellen Mueller on February 4, 2017, no comments

I will be presenting on the Rethinking Foundations Studies Curriculum panel at the College Art Association’s annual conference Saturday, February 18th from 8:30 – 10 a.m. – to be held at the New York Hilton Midtown in the Madison Suite, 2nd Floor. My presentation will be about 15 minutes long, and below is a short description of the material I’ll be covering.

Subject Form Content Context

SHORT ABSTRACT

Foundations studies can be difficult to teach because of the wide ranging skills that need to be addressed — from technical know-how to critical thinking and research skills. In an effort to ensure these varied skills all receive the attention they deserve, I have developed a means of critique and evaluation that holds students accountable for four main components: subject, form, content, and context.

This presentation will discuss various ways to introduce and explore these components, including verbal and written exercises for both groups and individuals. I will also discuss rubrics based on these four components. Through this approach, students are held accountable for not only technical skills (form), but also critical thinking (What have they selected as their subject, and why? What is their concept?), and research skills (What does the student know about the context of this work?). This approach also helps students to better understand interdisciplinary work because it evaluates the work using the same framework used for more familiar media.

Altogether, this approach has been quite successful in helping students from a wide variety of backgrounds to gain the foundational skills necessary for success in upper-level courses.

“Homes” at the Sleeth Gallery

by Ellen Mueller on January 16, 2017, no comments

Home

Homes
Curated by Crystal Ann Brown

Sleeth Gallery
E Main St and College Ave
Buckhannon, WV 26201

Exhibition Dates: January 19 – February 10, 2017
RECEPTION: Thursday, January 19 at 4:30 PM – 6 PM
Facebook Event

Homes, is a group exhibition featuring artists from around the country, exploring the different structures we call “home”. Ranging from the socio-political view of spaces to a more general definition of home; such as feelings of security, transience and even fear. The exhibition includes a variety of media highlighting and expanding upon our personal interpretations of “home”.

Artists include: ellenmueller.comdawlinejaneart.comjoeybehrens.comchristadonner.comhironamatsuda.com